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Delhi demands Rs 5,000 crore from Central government

Speaking to the media, Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said the minimum monthly expenditure of the government is Rs 3,500 crore, including salaries and other official expenses.

Even a ‘Bahubali PM’ could not face corona pandemic, says Sibal

The senior Congress leader lashed out at the Centre for what he called "mishandling of a pandemic that forced people into a crisis".

Anti-government protests held across Mexico

The Frente Nacional Ciudadano (Citizens' National Front) and the Congreso Nacional Ciudadano (Citizens' National Congress), groups protested in 70 cities across Mexico in vehicle convoys, reports Efe news.

Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till June 30 with ‘certain relaxations’

In a statement issued here, Palaniswami said barring Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram district, 50 per cent of the public transport buses will be operated.

Odisha reports highest single day spike with 129 COVID cases

The total COVID-19 positive cases reached to 1,948 in the state.

SpaceX sends 2 NASA astronauts to ISS in historic mission

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley was on its way to the orbiting laboratory in the space and had safely reached orbit, NASA said in a statement.

1956 Olympics triple gold medallist Morrow passes away

Born in Harlingen, Texas and raised in San Benito, Morrow was deemed as one of the most dominant sprinters of the 1950s.

Karnataka bans spitting of chewed tobacco products in public places

"As per the powers conferred by the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Ordinance 2020 Section 4(2) the state has banned the use of chewing tobacco products and consumption of paan masala products and spitting them in public places, so as to prevent the spread of corona and other communicable diseases," said an official in an order.

Global COVID-19 cases top 6 million

As of Sunday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 6,059,017, while the death toll increased to 369,106, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Highest 1-day jump of 8,380 takes India corona tally to 1.82 Lakh

Of the total cases, 89,995 are active cases, while 86,984 people have been cured and discharged from the hospital. The death toll crossed the 5,000 mark and reached 5,164 with 193 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.

Trump postpones G7 summit, wants to widen invitation list

"I'm postponing it because I don't feel that as a G7 it properly represents what's going on in the world. It is a very outdated group of countries," Trump told reporters travelling with him aboard Air Force One back to Washington D.C. on Saturday after visiting Florida to attend the launch of the NASA-SpaceX Demo-2 mission from Cape Canaveral.

Hotels, restaurants to open in non-containment zones from June 8

The gradual relaxations in lockdown restrictions will be put in effect in three phases.

Russia’s coronavirus cases near 400,000

That said, the total number of cases has increased by 2.3 per cent. At the same time, the number of coronavirus recoveries has risen by 8,212 (5.1 per cent) to 167,469, reports TASS News Agency.

TN relaxes conditions for TV serial shooting

In a statement issued here, he said the television serial shooting will be allowed from May 31 onwards with a maximum of 60 persons at the spot including actors and technicians.

Kejriwal says his government is way ahead in COVID planning

Kejriwal said so far, 398 people have died due to the infection.

Delhi-Moscow AI flight returns after pilot found Covid positive

The flight being operated under the Vande Bharat mission was halfway over Central Asia when it was called back.

Hyundai Motor India exports over 5000 units in May

Accordingly, the company said that in-line with the government's vision of 'Self-reliant' India and to support the objective of promoting economic revival, Hyundai re-started its plant on May 8 producing more than 5,000 units for the export market.

India standing at crossroads in 7th year of Modi government, says Congress

Addressing a press conference, Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said, "The first year of the second term of the Modi government has been a year of disappointment, disastrous management and diabolical pain."

Karnataka to test high risk COVID state passengers at Rs 650

"The state has decided to test certain specific groups of passengers to minimize the spread of COVID. Further, the capacity available with private labs could be utilized to the maximum extent," ordered Health and Family Welfare Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey.

Pakistan court issues bailable warrants for Sharif

The reference was filed before the court on March 2, reports Dawn news.

WH on lockdown as protests over black man death reach Washington

Online video showed hundreds of protesters in Lafayette Park just outside the White House on Friday, chanting "No justice, no peace", reports Xinhua news agency.

Nearly 8000 cases take India’s Covid tally to 1.73 lakh

The world's largest democracy has 86,423 active cases, while 82,369 persons have recovered and have been discharged and 4,971 lost their lives while fighting with the disease of which 265 persons died in the last 24 hours.

Cricket West Indies agrees to tour England for Test series

The Jason Holder-led side was scheduled to visit England for three Tests in June but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour was pushed back. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is now looking to host series in July.

Microsoft cuts editorial staff, to replace them with AI, says Report

According to a report in the Seattle Times on Saturday, the roughly 50 employees — contracted through staffing agencies Aquent, IFG and MAQ Consulting — have been notified "that their services would no longer be needed beyond June 30".

Premium Google Meet now free for schools till September 30

Google Meet has crossed 50 million downloads on Play Store, a massive 900 per cent increase in user base in a span of few weeks as people work from home in the Covid-19 pandemic. Meet is currently hosting 3 billion minutes of video meetings and adding roughly 3 million new users every day.

Pakistan resumes international flight operations

"As per the decision of the Federal Government, the outbound international flights (scheduled, non scheduled and charter flights) operation has been allowed with effect from 11.59 p.m., tonight," The Express Tribunes quoted spokesperson Aviation Division Abdul Sattar Khokhar as saying on Friday.

Global COVID-19 cases nearly 6 million

As of Saturday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 5,923,432, while the death toll increased to 364,849, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

RBI slaps Rs 4 crore penalty on Citibank for non-compliance of regulations

In a statement issued on Friday, the RBI said the penalty has been imposed on Citibank N.A. for violation of banking regulations related to customer credentials.

Vande Bharat: Air India announces more flights to evacuate Indians

The flights will evacuate Indians from the US, UK, Germany, South Korea, New Zealand, and Sweden.

Very high risk on 2020 T20 World Cup, says CA CEO

The tournament is scheduled to be held from October 18 to November 15 this year but the shakeup in the cricket calendar that is needed due to the extensive break that has come up due to the coronavirus pandemic has put the tournament under a cloud of uncertainty.

We are terminating relationship with WHO, says Trump

In his today's briefing, he also attacked China on several issues like origin of the coronavirus, recent development in Hong Kong, border disputes in the South China Sea and human rights abuses. He also announced measures aimed at punishing China, the BBC reported.

Will distribute 25 lakh sanitary napkins, says Mahila Congress

Each hygiene kit with a sanitary napkin and a soap in a disposable bag will be distributed by the women's wing of the opposition Congress under its 'Garima' campaign to empower women to manage menstruation safely, hygienically, with confidence and without shame.

No community spread of COVID in Kerala, says Chief Minister

Vijayan said that there are 62 fresh positive cases on Friday, of which 33 came from abroad and 23 from outside the state.

Famous astrologer Bejan Daruwalla dies at 89

Daruwalla was admitted to the hospital about a week ago following complaints of breathlessness and pneumonia like symptoms. His condition deteriorated during the past couple of days and he was kept on the ventilator since the last two days. He died at 5.13 p.m. on Friday.

Andhra reports 33 new corona cases, active cases 777

In fact, the last time Andhra Pradesh reported a single-day tally lower than Friday's figure was 25 cases reported on May 17.

LaLiga 2020-21 to begin from September 12, says Tebas

Tebas gave an insight into the plans put in place to keep players and officials safe during these unprecedented times.

Market rises for 3rd day straight, Nifty above 9,500

Initially, a choppy trade was witnessed on Friday with both Sensex and Nifty opening on a negative note.

Ajit Jogi passes away

Jogi suffered cardiac arrest around 1.30 p.m. and doctors battled for over two hours to revive him but were unsuccessful and he breathed his last around 3.30 p.m., said a medical bulletin from the Shree Narayana Hospital here.

Lockdown extension likely for two more weeks, Shah meets PM on issue

Union Home Minister Amit Shah conveyed the views of states on the issue to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, in Delhi earlier in the day.

8th Covid death in Kerala

State Health Minister K.K.Shailaja told the media that Kerala does not come under a community spread area as with the arrival of Keralaites in large numbers from within the country and abroad the state which had flattened the curve showed a spike in COVID cases.

India records highest single-day spike, surpasses China toll

While China was the first country to report disease last December and recorded over 84,000 total cases so far, India that reported its first case in January end now has 1,65,799 cases that is more than Turkey's (1,60,979).

Trump says Modi not in good mood about China

Responding to a media query related to the border tensions between India and China, President Trump on Thursday at his Oval Office said, "They have a big conflict going with India and China. Two countries with 1.4 billion people. Two countries with very powerful militaries.

Amazon offers 125,000 full-time jobs to temporary employees

According to the company, the rest of 50,000 workers may choose to return to their previous job or stay at Amazon in seasonal or part-time roles.

Minnesota declares emergency over protests against black man’s death

George Floyd died on Monday evening in Minneapolis shortly after a white police officer held him down with a knee on his neck though the victim repeatedly pleaded, "please, I can't breathe" and "don't kill me", reports Xinhua news agency.

BookMyShow sacks, furloughs 270 workers, pay cut for the rest

The rest of the BookMyShow employees have voluntarily taken salary cuts ranging from 10 per cent to 50 per cent at the leadership level, besides giving up their bonuses and all salary raises.

Babri mosque demolition accused to appear in court on June 4

The court will record the statements of as many as 32 accused, including the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, former Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani, BJP leaders M. M. Joshi, Uma Bharati, Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambhara, Sakshi Maharaj, Ram Vilas Vedanti and Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Italy’s Serie A to resume from June 20

The decision, announced by Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora after less than an hour of virtual discussions with officials from the Italian Football Federation and representatives of Serie A, players, coaches, and referees on Thursday, comes after weeks of contentious talks and widespread media speculation on the topic, reports Xinhua news agency.

France to further ease lockdown as COVID-19 situation improves

The last three weeks of the first phase of deconfinement had "good results," Philippe told a press meeting. "During this phase 2, freedom will become the rule again and bans will be the exception."

Trump executive order escalates war on social media platforms

Trump's actions seek to blunt Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act which generally protects internet companies from legal liability for user comments.

Legendary socialist, press baron M. P. Veerendra Kumar passes away

Veerendra Kumar, a sitting Rajya Sabha member, succumbed to a cardiac arrest.

Global COVID-19 cases top 5.8 million

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,808,672, while the death toll increased to 360,289, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Pre-monsoon floods hit three lakh people in 11 Assam districts

Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that roughly 20,000 people are taking shelter at relief camps at Nalbari, Goalpara and Tinsukia districts while other affected people have made their own makeshift arrangements at higher places.

Pulwama-like tragedy averted in Kashmir, IED-laden car seized

The explosive was kept in a blue drum inside the car. A bomb disposal squad reached the spot on Thursday morning. People were asked to move away from the vicinity. The bomb disposal squad then instead of defusing the explosive, exploded the vehicle.

Nationwide lockdown eased in Saudi Arabia

A round-the-clock curfew has been partially relaxed except in the holy city of Mecca, which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases, reports the BBC.

Focus on migrants’ plight, do not destabilise Maharashtra government, says Priyanka

"The country is pained to see such visuals," she said and asked the government to provide help to the needy.

Locust attack: Delhi issues advisory for spraying pesticides

Rai said in view of the increasing threat of locusts in north India, the Agriculture Department of the Delhi government will run awareness programmes to make the people and farmers of Delhi aware of this new threat.

South Korea cuts interest rates to all-time low

The recent forecast comes in stark contrast to its predictions in February when the virus had not yet spread globally, reports Efe news.

14-day quarantine must for foreign returnees in Haryana

Giving details, an official spokesperson said if there is no adequate home quarantine facility, the Deputy Commissioner concerned, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer, may retain that passenger for seven days more at the institutional quarantine facility.

NASA, SpaceX postpone historic astronauts launch

"Due to the weather conditions, the launch is scrubbing," NASA tweeted, Xinhua reported.

Boeing lays off nearly 7,000 employees in US

In a letter to the employees, Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun wrote: "Following the reduction-in-force announcement we made last month, we have concluded our voluntary layoff (VLO) program. And now we have come to the unfortunate moment of having to start involuntary layoffs (ILO). We're notifying the first 6,770 of our U.S. team members this week that they will be affected."

194 deaths in single day, India reports 1.58L cases

Of the total cases, at least 86,110 are active cases and 4,531 people lost their lives while a total of 67,691 people have recovered taking the recovery rate to 42.75 per cent. The deaths rate hovers at 2.86 per cent which was 2.85 per cent on Wednesday. India continues to maintain the plateau of over 6,000 cases per day.

European Commission proposes COVID-19 recovery fund

The money is proposed to be borrowed from the financial market and channelled to member states through the European Union (EU) programs and repaid over a long period of time throughout future EU budgets, reports Xinhua news agency.

US House passes Uyghur rights bill

On Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House approved the bill with 431 votes in favour and one against, so the legislation promoted by the Republican-majority Senate two weeks ago will now go to President Donald Trump for it to be signed, reports Efe news.

64 days later, Kerala tipplers get their favourite brand

Contrary to expectations that there would be a big rush before the liquor vends, at no place was there a crowd.

See the plight of migrants, give them Rs 7,500, says Sonia

Speaking in the Congress' 'SpeakUp' campaign to take the voice of poor, migrants, small businesses and the middle class to the central government, Sonia Gandhi said, "In the last two months the lockdown to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), has created a huge problem of economic crisis."

Protesters take to streets against Chinese anthem law in HK

State media RTHK said the protesters raised slogans such as "Disband the police immediately," and "Five demands not one less," one of the most repeated ones since the protests began last year.

No country thought of exit strategy, says Swedish physician to Rahul

"All the countries in Europe that instituted the lockdown one or two months ago, did not think about the exit strategy at that time," said Johan Giesecke.

The man who made more than 15,000 people smile is no more

Ninety-year-old Hirji S. Adenwalla, a Parsi, was the director at the Charles Pinto Cleft Centre at Thrissur's Jubilee Mission Hospital.

After row over paid quarantine, Kerala mulls changes

It now appears that this outburst has made Vijayan have a re-think.

Andhra’s corona tally now 2,787 with 68 new cases

With the discharge of 10 more patients, the total number of cured patients in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 1,913. The active cases are 816.

Donations by companies to PM-CARES Fund notified as CSR

The ministry late on May 26 notified that it has amended Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013 by including contributions to PM-CARES Fund as valid CSR activity along with the earlier insertion of Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

India’s worst recession is here

CRISIL sees the Indian economy shrinking 5 per cent in fiscal 2021 (on-year), because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The first quarter will suffer a staggering 25 per cent contraction.

Bowlers will find it more difficult to get back to rhythm, feels Lee

All cricketing activities have remained suspended since mid-March following the outbreak of novel coronavirus which has so far claimed more than 3.5 lakh lives across the globe.

Madras HC declares Jayalalithaa’s nephew, niece as 2nd line legal heirs

The court also suggested that part of Jayalalithaa's residence 'Veda Nilayam' could be used as the Chief Minister's office.

Biocon gets approval for use of CytoSorb to treat critical COVID-19 patients

The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) had recently approved CytoSorb for emergency use in COVID-19 patients.

Ola Electric acquires AppScooter maker Etergo, to launch 2-wheeler next year

Aiming to launch its global electric two-wheeler in India in 2021, Ola Electric is currently running several pilots to deploy electric vehicles and charging solutions across cities with a focus on two and three wheelers, and aims to build a suite of electric and smart urban mobility solutions for citizens.

J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Ickabog’ bedtime stories released online

Simultaneously, she launched a global completion for the illustrations that will appear in the print edition that will appear in November and announced she would donate the entire royalties to projects that assist groups particularly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world.

Corona cases cross 1.5 Lakh mark in India, with 42.44 per cent recovery

A total of 6,387 new cases took the nationwide tally to 1,51,767, a Health Ministry data revealed on Wednesday. There were also 170 new deaths in the past 24 hours, 97 of them in Maharashtra where there were over four deaths each hour.

SC declines to entertain plea to link Aadhaar, social media accounts

While disposing of the plea, the top court, however, granted Upadhyay liberty to file an impleadment application in another matter concerning the linkage of Aadhaar with social media platforms, which is pending before the court.

3 Karnataka special trains ferry 4,853 migrants home

"Tuesday's first Shramik special from SWR left from KSR Bengaluru at 1.17 p.m. to Barkakhana with 1,600 passengers," a zonal official told IANS here.